Lotus Elan 'Shooting Brake'
I was at the Swiss Classic British Car meeting yesterday and I spotted this unusal Lotus Estate (or is that 'Shooting Brake').
Does anyone know it's history...was it a factory conversion or something done by an owner sometime in the cars past?
As conversions go it actually was pretty nice, so much better than that XK120 'shooting break' at the Goodwood Revival that Bonhams were auctioning off, which it looked like a mini traveller back end badly welded on.
What other interesting cars out there have been converted to 'Estates', 'Shooting Brakes' or 'Station Wagons'...I can think of a few, I just need to find some photos.
A quick search on 'Lotus Estates' and I found a link to www.lotusdriversguide.com, which has the car listed as:
There isn't much information available on this car.
Hexagon Garages seemingly wanted to make a small series of this Elan
Estate but finally only produced two units. It was nicknamed "Elanbulance".
Lotus Dealer Hexagon of Highgate produced these cars based on the Elan
The conversion added £595 to the £1895 price of the new Lotus Elan
It seems it was for sale in 2009 for the asking price of £44,750
This Lotus car has got me thinking about other conversions out there...like the E-Type hearse from the film 'Harold & Maude'...
The obvious ones that came readily to mind were the Lynx Eventer,Gilbern Invader, and perhaps the rarest The Ogle GT, which was Daimler V8 powered had a Triplex Glass topped estate, own owned by Prince Philip, however neither the 2 (one got written off)of those built and the Invader were really conversions. Albeit the Ogle became the first Reliant Scimitar, (pre GTE)but was made into an atttractive coupe, keeping the frenched in Triumph 200 type front lights.Powered by a Zephyr Zodiac straight six, at first and latterly the Essex V6 in 2'5 and 3 Litre forms. The Gilbern in the higher rated 138 horse engine.
Ginetta made a car like a Dutton Sierra, but based on Humber Sceptre running gear.There were 2 official triumph Vitessse "prototype estates, but seeing how easily the bodies unbolt(from the seperate chassis), quite a few unofficial ones have been made up since.
RR, I found this link however to some excotic Ferrari Shooting Brakes.
Oh and this 1962 Vanden Plas 3 litre, (as well as a 4litre R one too,in 1964) was sent for apraisel to the Royal household in fond hope it would wean The Queen off her favoured Cresta Estates.
and an Austin A110 Westminster, in a row of lux barges, including a 3 litre and an a/55/60,VandenPlas saloon, and a load of Moggie Minor travellers
The wheels look suspiciously like Rover P5B Rostyles.
well spotted...here are some of the photos of the Ferrari Shooting Brakes, I also found an Aston, a Mercedes and a couple of Mustangs that have been converted.
It's a pity I can't change my original headline text from Lotus 'Shooting Brake' to something like 'Unusual Station Wagons' as I think it would be great to see more photo of these unusual cars.
The Ferrari GTO BreadvanIts been hotted-up
This however is souped up
And they're still at it!
I had the pleasure of driving the then-just-finished Lotus Estralle Shooting Brake in 2007. It was a fascinating long-term project for Paul Matty Sports Cars and owner, arch-Lotus enthusiast, Roger Mackhlouf.
I am still compiling an Excel spreadsheet cross referencing C&SC back issues, but I did find that the Hexagon Lotus Elanbulance was mentioned in Peter Nunn's feature on Elans in the first ever C&SC of April '82 (page 55). This was followed by a letter in the June '82 issue from a C.J.Cook of Southend-on-Sea who at that time owned the blue one. There may have been more sightings, but I would expect the folks over at Club Lotus would know of their current whereabouts.
I seem to recall that these two, rather attractive, variants were made by Shapecraft. However old age may have blunted the memory!